RSL the first to install new security system in Wide Bay
HERVEY Bay RSL has become the first location in the Wide Bay to install the latest criminal marking technology.
South Australian-based company DNA Security Solutions visited Hervey Bay on Wednesday to install the system, DNA Guardian, designed to deter serious crimes such as armed robberies before they even happen.
"What happens is when there is an incident taking place the systems are turned on so when the criminal walks past it sprays an ultra-fine mist that you can't see or feel and then when one drop hits the skin it's on the skin for the next two months and can't be washed off," said Jeffre Murray of DNA Security Solutions.
"What it does is gives police forensic evidence that relates a person to the crime scene."
"What deters a criminal is being placed at a crime scene.
"An average armed hold up is 90 seconds, a criminal doesn't want to walk around for two months carrying the evidence of a 90-second job."
Hervey Bay RSL general manager Jason Lynch said while the club had been lucky when it came to avoiding serious crime, he hoped the new security system would act as a further deterrent.
"If something does happen, it's there to protect staff and assist police in their investigation to get a successful conviction," he said.
"It was pretty cost effective considering what it costs you if you don't have it in and do get robbed in terms of cost of work cover and staff time off and if something happens to one of your members whilst the robbery is in progress there's liability insurance."
"I think it's a small outlay for the risks associated."
Maryborough Sports Club will become the second location to receive the DNA Guardian which is due to be installed on Thursday.